Member for Watson Tony Burke met with local student Xue Situ at Parliament House in Canberra as part of the inaugural New Colombo Plan Alumni Forum.

Xue’s parents emigrated from China and settled in Campsie. They raised their daughter, Xue, in our local community where she attended Campsie Public School, Canterbury Girls High School and completed her Higher School Certificate at Beverly Hills Girls High School.  

Xue began learning Japanese in Year 10. Xue followed her passion and is studying a Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government program to enhance knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduate students to live, study and undertake work placements in the region. The program gave Xue the opportunity to attend Yokohama National University in Japan where she continued her studies in Japanese.

“I taught English to primary and junior high school students, lectured senior high school students about Australia and shared information about Australian culture at the university open day”, said Xue.

“I also participated in a local sports club – baton twirling. I brought back the skills and passed them on to a local club”, said Xue.

Xue hopes to pursue a career in Australian-Japanese relations after she graduates. 

“Xue is an inspiration for young people in this vibrant part of Sydney,” said Mr Burke.

“The success of our local students is not only significant for the school community but it also empowers the whole local area. Xue is an example of the strength and diversity of this community.” said Mr Burke.